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One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Squirrel is rushing along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn't know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true import ...more
Paperback, 38 pages
Published October 30th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger)
I was having a bad week and reading this book cheered me up.

I like how everyone is allowed to state their own opinion and be heard and understood. It's good they were able to remember that sometimes a bad situations wound up turning into a fun situation. What I liked best was all Squirrel's friends rallying around him and making a fun game of helping him gather up all the nuts he dropped and lost.

This is a very sweet and practical story and the drawings are wonderful!
Montzalee Wittmann
One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day by Carole P. Roman is a cute children's book that teaches kids to put their problems in prospective. Sounds like a big order for little kids but the way she does it with this delightful, and colorful book. There are cute little animals describing their problems and putting a number, 1-10, of how much of a problem it was for them. All putting things in prospective without even knowing it. Cute book and a good way for them to learn early.
One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day

Beautifully illustrated by Mateya Arkova, Roman's book teaches children to find the positives in a negative situation. Squirrel's friend, Rabbit, along with a handful of adorable forest creatures, prove that it's ok to feel sad when a situation doesn't turn out as we'd hoped. However, if we really think things through, using the one to ten scale to determine our sadness, perhaps we might actually find reasons to smile. Kids need coping skills. I love this simple met
Bea  Charmed
Whimsical, cheerful art combined with a heavy message made for a decent and sweet story. The message was heavy, not at all subtle, but a good display of friends helping and supporting each other. The technique for dealing with a bad day is a good tool; I just wish it had been a more natural part of the story. Children will enjoy the artwork and young children will likely enjoy the story. Older children may find it too heavy-handed.
Vera Godley
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Prolific author Carole P. Roman has turned her attention from stories and journeys around the world to that of counseling and a scale of one to ten that children can use to rate hurts and disappointments in life. The illustrations by Bulgarian Mateya Arkova, who has previously illustrated several of Roman's books, are quite lively and colorful. Using water colors and a whimsical style of cute forest animals with bright, bold eyes she has squirrel being counseled by rabbit and bringing the entire ...more
Ruth B
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, children

Not only does it have a beautiful message but also the illustrations are beyond wonderful. I'm in love with the animals' expression they look so real, they're way too pretty.

Now, this is the perfect example of a children's book. The life lesson behind the story is something both kids and adults have to have present at all times. Sometimes things seem really bad at first sight but once you sit and think abut them you will see that there is good in every bad moment, even if you don't
Gayle Pace

Sometimes we think things are worse than they really are. Poor little fuzzy Squirrel was gathering acorns for winter when he didn't see the tree limb and tripped. All his hard work fell to the ground. His acorns fell and went rolling into the river leaving him with no acorns. He feels like the world has fallen apart and is extremely upset, crying and just doesn't know what to do. Squirrel's friend, Rabbit hopes he can he help with a solution. Hopefully Rabbit's solution can help anyo
Jennie Rosenblum
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This sweet book helps children understand that when a situation makes them sad or they have a problem just how to put everything into perspective as to how important or severe it may be. Squirrel has dropped his armload of acorns and is devastated – but his friends help him learn a balance of how some things are not as bad as they seem. This is a great book to add to your library or home collection and I can see how it would make for some great discussions with a class or at story time.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day by Carole P. Roman is an entertaining book with wonderful illustrations. But, it's much more than entertainment. The book teaches a valuable lesson to children-don't over-react, stop and consider the situation. It's probably not as bad as it initially seemed and you can handle it! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Chris Meads
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute book. And one that teaches that sometimes having a bad day isn't as bad as you think it is.

I love the way Carole Roman puts having a bad day in perspective with animals who could also be having bad days. To Squirrel, his bad day is losing all his acorns. Rabbit teaches him how to rate the mishap from 0ne to ten. Rabbit also points out how other animals could rate their days also, and to improve upon it (fox had a bad day skating and took it upon himself to become a better skater).
Melanie Adkins
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Squirrel's day began well but soon it went all wrong. He's frustrated and unhappy. Squirrel's friend Rabbit tries to help him feel better. Rabbit gives Squirrel and their friends a way to find out how bad the situation is. They decide their are many ways to look at what's happened.

Well written and fun characters make this book so sweet. I love the idea of giving a child a way to release their frustration. It's really a fun way to defuse any child's anger. This is one you need in your library.

Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute story for children. It is written to help children understand that they don't have to feel overwhelmed when things don't always go their way. It is also great for young children to learn, and understand their numbers one to ten. This book was well published, and beautifully illustrated.
Chris The Story Reading Ape
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-reviewed
How do you teach little ones how to cope with the ups and downs of life?
This charming little picture story book might help.
It's about a Squirrel who keeps having bad luck and gets upset, but her rabbit friend teaches her how to assess each misfortune on a scale of 1 to 10.
Beautifully illustrated.

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R.L. Jackson
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was surprising to be honest. I like how subtle it was at showing kids how to evaluate the seriousness of any situation they could be going through, and using a scaling system to figure it out. My nieces enjoyed it very much and the illustrations were beautiful. They even did a book report on it, (without me even knowing what they were doing!) And have entered it into their schools reading list initiative, which I thought as great as well. I look forward to reading more!
Jennifer Lara
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a forest, Squirrel drops his acorns in the river and he is very sad. Rabbit teaches him how to deal with the problem. He tells Squirrel to rate the problem from one to ten. One being no so bad and ten being the absolute worst. Other forest animals give examples how they turned their different situations where it seems to be the wort and then they figured out how to turn it around. For example, when a game of baseball was interrupted by rain (a 10) turns in to a game of jumping in the puddles ...more
N.N. Light
We’ve all had bad days when nothing seems to go right; Squirrel’s no different. After picking acorns, she accidentally trips and all her acorns fall into the river. Distraught, she starts to cry. Her friend, Rabbit, comes along and helps Squirrel gain some perspective.

In the vein of Dr. Seuss, Carole P. Roman takes something everyone can relate to (a bad day) and teaches a valuable lesson: perspective. Rating each problem is an easy and fun way to bring perspective clearly into view.

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Connie Saunders
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day author Carole P. Romans shows young readers that their problems can be solved and there is always a positive side to each negative. Squirrel has many things happen to discourage him but his forest friends tell
him that his life will be better. They also encourage him by showing him that many of his problems that seemed so large are actually quite small. Carol P. Romans has an amazing ability to write stories that both teach and entertain and the addition of the
Sandra Stiles
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Squirrel drops all of his acorns and begins crying. Rabbit is there to help squirrel. Rabbit shares a way to rate things from one to ten. One is the least and ten is the worst. This is a great way to help kids deal with problems and to put them into perspective.
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Rabid Reader
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this enchanting little story that will help young children cope with problems they encounter. It also shows parents a practical way to help their child to see that what they think are mountain, are actually just mole hills. The colourful, whimsical illustrations catch the eye and add a feeling of fun to this great story.
Jalynn Patterson
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Squirrel is rushing along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn't know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
Besides the "If You Were Me" series that introduces young readers to countries around the world, and the entertaining Captain No Beard stories, Carole P. Roman also writes books that help children learn important coping skills. In One to Ten, readers see Squirrel devastated because she drops all the acorns she has gathered. When she acts as if it is the end of the world, her friends help her to put things into perspective. They talk through examples of other situations and help each other rate t ...more
Wanda Maynard
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story-line and amazing illustrations with just a touch of humor to make the reader laugh and then feel sad about Squirrel's predicament, and about how Squirrel would be feeling at that moment. Is she angry? Is she sad? Or is she just disappointed with herself? She was running along so splendidly when oops, something happened that seemed to turn her world up-side-down. ONE TO TEN: SQUIRREL'S BAD DAY by Carole P. Roman has that quality that appeals to children and makes them think as ...more
Anne Rightler
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One to Ten: Squirrel's Bad Day, by award-winning author Carol P Roman, is an enchanting story sure to delight young children. Illustrator Mateya Arkova beautifully portrays the story with bright colors and cartoonish pictures of the forest and squirrel's animal friends. Youngsters will learn how to look at a problem in a different light as the story of squirrel's bad day at losing his acorns turns into an acorn gathering party. Using examples of other animals, like Froggy, Little Fox and Hammy, ...more
Robert Yokoyama
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One To Ten: Squirrel's Bad is an excellent book for children by Carole P. Roman. It teaches kids how to handle problems that may happen. Carole Roman teaches kids how to rate their problems on a scale from one to ten. I think this is a great way to look at problems that arise in life.The moral of the book is that almost every problem has a silver lining or a positive outcome. I can relate to all these experiences in this book. I can relate to receiving a failing grade in math class. I got help f ...more
Gail Hollingsworth
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute little book with beautiful water color illustrations. A great teaching tool for children. Squirrel is having a good day with an armful of collected acorns until she trips and loses them in the water below. Rabbit comes along and talks to squirrel about rating her feelings from one to ten. How bad is it really? Several other critters come along with different perspectives. After evaluating some things that happen they realize that they aren't really that bad after all. Bad things h ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
well what can I say about this childrens book. its amazing! Its about a Squirrel that loses the nuts he collected, so obviously he's very upset, but his dear friend teaches him the One to Ten system to see how bad it is. Squirrel then goes through different scenarios that might sound like a ten, but there are positives that can be found, for example it covers parents splitting up. yes this is very sad, so it might seem like a ten, but at least there wont be any more fighting, so that brings it d ...more
Laura Thomas
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poor squirrel tripped and lost all of her acorns. Her forest friends help her see that it might not as bad as she thinks.

I’ve had lots of days like Squirrel’s. Things don’t go according to plan and I let it ruin my whole day. I remember my mother saying to count to ten and calm down, things weren’t as bad as I thought they were. I thought it was clever and fun to see Squirrel’s friends make a game of it and give examples of their bad days and how they rated from 1 to 10 how bad they were or were
Shelly Itkin
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When people rush accidents can happen. That is exactly what happened to the squirrel when she lost all her acorns into the river below. Upset and having a bad day her good friend the rabbit tries to calm her down and also explains how not to be so upset. I have a solution that my mom taught me. Rate the problem from one to ten. Once you give it some thought you will see it is not that bad and then you can move on.
This is a wonderful way to show children that things happen to anyone but you canno
Putting things in perspective when something happens and you feel bad about it helps, and that's what this story explains. Squirrel drops a bunch of acorns into a stream and he's helped to look at the loss in a different way. Sometimes when things happen, it helps to imagine a chart from 1 to 10, and if 10 is the worst, what number would you give this latest event? Lots of examples and ways to look at things help too. It will be a conversation started for young children.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Squirrels day isn't going so well when she looses her acorns. But Rabbit comes along and together they put it all together. And Squirrel will be surprised at just how important those lost acorns are. A book that will help children relate to problems.
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Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacl ...more